Oil Prices Soar Above $57 on Supply Fearshttp://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050317/ap_on_bi_ge/oil_prices_58
Rice Says U.S. Should Not Have Abandoned Afghanistanhttp://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/03/5eca0a74-f77d-4ca2-8ab2-d53ba1c2e061.html
A bomb blast in Afghanistan has killed at least five people as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a one-day trip, pledging long-term U.S. commitment to support the country's transition to democracy.http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/03/17/afghan.rice/
The Taliban harbored Usama bin Laden's "al Qaeda" terror network, which attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. U.S.-led forces launched a military campaign later that year and ousted the Taliban from power.
It's been 1,277 days since G.W.B. said he'd catch U.B.L. 'Dead or Alive!
Usama bin Laden:A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US governmenthttp://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osama_dead
"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified."http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/spyring
Senior Israeli officials expressed high satisfaction after hearing news of choosing Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, one of Bush's administration's hawks, to take over as head of the World Bank.http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/review/article_full_story.asp?service_ID=7480
Wolfowitz, a leading neo-conservative, is widely viewed as a close friend to Israel, who is quite aware of the Middle East issues. Wolfowitz, 61, is one of the most forceful officials in Bush's administration who claimed that the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. He also predicted that Americans would be welcomed as liberators rather than occupiers once they oust Saddam's regime.
Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oilhttp://www.whatreallyhappened.com/aboutoil.htm
"...for reasons that have a lot to do with the US government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on: weapons of mass destruction."
"There's a lot of money to pay for this that doesn't have to be US taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people," Mr Wolfowitz told a House of Representatives hearing on March 27 2003. "On a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50bn and $100bn over the course of the next two or three years," he said. "We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."http://news.ft.com/cms/s/33aa58b6-965b-11d9-8fcc-00000e2511c8.html
In the two years since the invasion, Iraq's oil revenues have totalled $25bn (€18.6bn, £13bn), despite soaring world prices. The cost of the war and reconstruction has exceeded $200bn so far.
U.S. House backs $81.4 billion war spending billhttp://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N165450.htm
The bill would bring to almost $300 billion the amount Congress has authorized in emergency war spending since U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in March 2003.
Iraq National Assembly Celebrates "Freedom" http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=050317&cat=frontpage&st=frontpageap20050317_555&src=abc
While it was a historic day for Iraqi democracy, Wednesday also served as a reminder of a scarred past the 17th anniversary of a chemical attack that Saddam ordered on the northern Kurdish town of Halabja.
US Army War College: NO PROOF SADDAM GASSED THE KURDS!http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/helms
This is serious stuff, because the US Army War College tells us that 1.4 million Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the sanctions, which is 3,000 times more than the number of Kurds who supposedly died of gassing at the hands of Saddam.
Silvio Berlusconi came under fire Thursday, a day after he clarified his announcement that Italian troops could pull out of Iraq in September, saying the possible date was no more than a "hope."http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/03/17/italy.iraq.ap/
Public opinion in Italy is strongly against the war and Italy's involvement, and the premier has been under increasing pressure to pull out the troops since the March 4 killing in Baghdad of an Italian intelligence agent who was escorting a recently released hostage to freedom. The agent was killed by U.S. troops, who mistakenly opened fire on his vehicle.
The Bush administration took specific legal steps that cleared a U.S. Special Forces assassination team in Iraq from any future criminal proceedings arising from their assassination of Italian SISMI intelligence number two man Nicola Calipari. http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/031505Madsen/031505madsen.html
The U.S. hit team wanted to kill Calipari and Sgrena because they had intimate knowledge of the Iraqi resistance and how some loyalists of the U.S.-supported Iraqi regime may have cooperated with the alleged Zarqawi forces to seize Western hostages and decapitate them on videos for propaganda purposes. Many of the beheading videos show masked men who do not appear to be extremist Muslim Iraqis or even Arabs from their build, stance, sporting of jewelry, and, in one case, speaking Russian.FLASHBACK: Berg Met with Shady Iraqihttp://info.interactivist.net/comments.pl?sid=3137&cid=1478
Before his highly visible execution, Nick Berg was partners with Aziz al-Taee in Iraq. After Nick's murder, Aziz al-Taee (despite a criminal background) became a media star, appearing at Clear Channel sponsored rallys pointing the finger of blame for Berg's death at Hussein, and assuring Americans that the people of Iraq were desperate for liberation.
Now, a new wrinkle has surfaced. Just as Aziz al-Taee was promoting the war in Iraq, Aziz al-Taee himself was being promoted by ... Jeff Gannon, White House Whore.
GANNON INTERVIEWS IRAQI CRIMINALhttp://2lucky.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/16/235859/836
So, we have Gannon the unseemly propogandist of sham news organization interviewing criminal propagandist Al-Taee of sham Iraqi-making the case for war organization.
In light of the plans of OSP to pay "foreign" journalist to spread its propaganda, this seems worth a look.